A recent announcement appearing on the Arapahoe County, Colorado website reads, in part:
Arapahoe County has partnered with the City of Aurora to provide sheltering and related services, such as veterinary care for sheltered animals, for lost, stray and impounded dogs through the Aurora Animal Shelter. County Animal Control Officers will have 24-hour access to the facility to ensure animals get shelter and care as soon as possible.
Care as soon as possible. Gee, that sounds swell. Except that Aurora has a ban on pitbull type dogs and therefore refuses to adopt them out to the public.
This new partnership also provides opportunities to improve efficiencies in daily operations for the County’s animal control program.
And by efficiencies, I assume they mean faster pitbull extermination.
I reached out to Arapahoe Co regarding this issue and asked about the pitbulls impounded by the county, where there is no BSL, being taken to Aurora, which does have BSL. I received a response from AC supervisor Caitlyn Cahill. It reads, in part:
Due to the breed restriction laws for the City of Aurora, the shelter is not able to adopt out Pit Bulls; however, once a dog has passed the County required stray hold period and is able to be adopted, it will be transferred to another facility. The Aurora shelter works with many other agencies to ensure that dogs are able to be transferred.
She went on to list a number of private shelters where pitbulls “will be transferred”. My BS indicator light started blinking fast enough to host a dance party so I asked:
To be clear, all pitbull type dogs are guaranteed a space at one of these other shelters after the hold period expires?
Ms. Cahill responded, in part:
I cannot speak for the shelter regarding their statistics but know that they put a large amount of time and effort into working with partners to transfer out adoptable animals that they are unable to care for or adopt out to the public due to their limitations.
Oh. I see. Pitbull killing is a “limitation”. And if you like that doublespeak, or even if you don’t, prepare for more since the Aurora pound is a member of the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance. The MDAWA is all about controlling language from its members, including rescuers and fosters, in order to deceive the public about what goes on in the kill rooms of its pounds. Rescuers for example, are not allowed to say they “rescue animals from shelters” or use the terms “no kill” or “high kill”. I wonder what happens to someone who slips up and exercises his First Amendment rights as a U.S. citizen. I hope it’s not enhanced interrogation techniques.
So Arapahoe Co managed to effectively institute BSL without a vote to get approval from the people. And then came up with this great Pitbulls Will Be Transferred to Private Rescue Groups bit of fiction in order to give the appearance that pitbull killing is not the fault of people doing the killing (they put in time and effort), it’s the rescue groups who don’t step up that are to blame. Rescues which already have pitbulls in every kennel, bathroom, broom closet and dresser drawer they can manage. But if they don’t take every pitbull from Arapahoe Co, the Aurora pound will have to kill them. I mean limitation. Er – efficiencies.